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We all know that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is good for your health, but we may not know exactly what to eat to help prevent cancer.

Eat for your health

There are tons of fruits and vegetables with cancer-preventing qualities so eat up. Just remember to continue to take care of yourself in other ways because healthy eating is only part of the equation.

Best cancer-preventing fruits

Consuming a big variety of fruits is always a good thing. However, some fruits have more cancer-fighting chemicals than others. Here is a list of some of the best fruits to consume on a daily basis to help prevent cancer; just remember to mix them up!

  • Apples, pears
  • Apricots, plums
  • Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries
  • Red grapes
  • Grapefruits, lemons, oranges
  • Papayas, mangos, bananas

You should eat a variety of these, and eat as many of them raw as possible. If you are cooking with fruits, don't cook them thoroughly because the cancer-fighting chemicals will be reduced.

Best cancer-preventing vegetables

As with fruits, eating a variety of colorful vegetables is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Dark green vegetables have high cancer-fighting abilities as do vegetables high in fiber. Here are some of the best ones: artichokes, avocados, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, dark leafy greens, garlic, jalapeño peppers, kale, mushrooms, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes.

Eating raw vegetables is probably one of the best ways to enjoy them and to reap the most benefits, but if you are going to cook them, steam them lightly or saute them with olive oil instead of vegetable oil. You only want to cook vegetables until they are al dente in order to keep most of their nutrients intact. And remember, adding herbs to sauteed vegetables will give them extra flavor, and some herbs (like rosemary and ginger) also have cancer fighting abilities.

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Comments on "Foods & recipes that fight cancer"

Shannon October 02, 2012 | 7:12 PM

I never knew all these foods fight cancer. I usually eat blackberries and raspberries on a regular basis, so it's good to know I'm being healthy and hopefully preventing cancer. Thanks!

Dean October 01, 2012 | 1:26 PM

While fruit and vegetable are very often names as cancer fighting foods, people often forget grains, that have substantial antioxidant properties. For instance, buckwheat: http://allcancerfightingfoods/buckwheat-in-anti-cancer-diet/

LOLITA C. NERY January 16, 2011 | 9:18 PM

Can you sent me thru my email a food recipe to help fight cancer thank you God Bless

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